Bobby D. Moser, vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at Ohio State University announced this month that he will step down as dean once his replacement is found.
He has agreed to stay on during a transitional period to assist a new dean and will be accepting some new assignments once the search is completed.
“It’s been my distinct honor to work with the dedicated and visionary leaders at The Ohio State University. I’m indebted to the gifted and hard-working faculty, staff and students in CFAES,” he said. “They’ve brought our college distinction, and they have served Ohio and the nation well in addressing critical issues. And I’m grateful for the relationships and friendships developed over the years with legislators, commodity groups, the agricultural industry and community leaders.”
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Jack Fisher said Ohioans in cities, towns and the countryside are living better lives thanks to Moser’s work as dean and previous leadership of OSU Extension. Fisher said Moser had a unique ability to work easily within diverse interest groups, advancing common causes among the public, private and academic communities. He also credited him for his invaluable contributions as a member of Ohio’s Livestock Care Standards Board.
“Bobby has advocated for and successfully guided innovative research, world class education and meaningful outreach,” he said. “His efforts have positively affected Ohio’s economy and jobs, strengthened families, preserved sustainable and profitable agriculture, inspired community leadership and provided food to America and the world.”
According to OSU, under Moser’s tenure, the college experienced considerable advancement:
- The restructuring and renaming of the college via an effort called Project Reinvent in 1994.
- A 204 percent increase in grant awards, to $39.6 million in 2011 vs. $13 million in 1991.
- The issuance of more than 86 patents.
- Garnered nearly $30 million in Ohio Third Frontier grants.
- The donation of nearly $83 million to the college from more than 28,000 donors.
- The establishment of the Food Innovation Center.
- The designation of Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Food Production and BioProducts by former Gov. Ted Strickland and former Chancellor Eric Fingerhut.
- The building of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, the first certified “green” building on an OSU campus.
- The building of the Parker Food Science and Technology Building.
- The building in Wooster of one of only two biocontainment facilities in the nation that can handle both plants and animals at the Biosafety Level-3 Agriculture level.